Assemblyman Carroll was born April 8, 1958, in Fayetteville, N.C., where his father was serving in the military. His family returned to New Jersey and he attended Delbarton School in Morristown.
In 1980, Mr. Carroll graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in social and behavioral sciences. While at the university, he served as president of the school’s Republican Club and was a regional co-director of the College Republican National Committee. He earned a J.D. degree from Rutgers School of Law and was admitted to the New Jersey bar in 1983. He is a member of the Federalist Society, an organization of lawyers devoted to traditional judicial standards. He practices law in Morristown.
Assemblyman Carroll had been a member of the Morris County Republican Committee since 1980, founded and served as chairman of the Morris County Young Republicans, and is a former chairman of the Morristown Republican Committee.
Mr. Carroll was elected to the Assembly in 1995, and reelected four times. His primary legislative emphasis is on the structure of government, ensuring political responsibility, and reaffirming the appropriate separation of powers. Toward that end, he has proposed constitutional amendments to reverse judicially imposed public policy determinations in abortion, land use, and education; proposed reforming local tax policy by eliminating the state income tax; proposed that supreme court justices face retention elections; and proposed the convening of a constitutional convention to address reformation of the structure of government.
Mr. Carroll and his wife, the former Sharon Anderson, have six children; Sean Michael, born in 1983; James Patrick, 1986; Brian Christopher, 1988; Jane Eleanor, 1990; Benjamin Franklin, 1993; and Robert Edward Lee, 1995.